un·​an·​swer·​able | \ ˌən-ˈan(t)s-rə-bəl How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) , -ˈan(t)-sə- \

Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered also : irrefutable

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unanswerability \ ˌən-​ˌan(t)s-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unanswerability (audio) , -​ˌan(t)-​sə-​ \ noun
unanswerably \ ˌən-​ˈan(t)s-​rə-​blē How to pronounce unanswerably (audio) , -​ˈan(t)-​sə-​ \ adverb

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked
Recent Examples on the Web In every workplace, there is that singular person everyone depends on when problems arise or an unanswerable question emerges. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Salute to Nurses: The Houston Chronicle honors 2020's top nurse leaders," 4 May 2020 That is, of course, the big, unanswerable question on everyone’s minds, and ultimately gets to the heart of survival for regional arts institutions big and small. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's arts and culture groups find unity, shared mission amid pandemic," 26 Apr. 2020 Now, like everything else in the world, the protests face the unanswerable question of what happens next. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "‘This Government Is Lucky’: Coronavirus Quiets Global Protest Movements," 23 Apr. 2020 Now, like everything else in the world, the protests face the unanswerable question of what happens next. Vivian Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "‘This government is lucky’: Coronavirus quiets global protest movements," 23 Apr. 2020 What these burials may have looked like — were there songs? — is an unanswerable question. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus has changed the very act of dying and saying goodbye," 22 Apr. 2020 In theory, the question of what to wear to work shouldn’t pose an unanswerable dilemma. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back," 13 Apr. 2020 Some of the questions are unanswerable until the actual protocol legislation becomes public in the near future. al, "United Methodist bishop sets meetings to talk about possible split," 4 Feb. 2020 The question for Warren, maybe unanswerable for now, is whether there are enough hard-core progressive Democratic voters to propel her to the nomination. BostonGlobe.com, "Warren, Patrick looking to make moves in an unsettled Democratic field - The Boston Globe," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unanswerable

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Unanswerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswerable. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered
: impossible to prove wrong

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